Are you an athlete looking to compete professionally in Germany? Find out here which visa regulations apply to you.
You are considered a professional athlete if you receive more than an expense allowance for your activities.
To obtain a visa to take up employment as an athlete or coach, you must meet the following conditions:
- You must be at least 16 years of age;
- You must work at a German sports club or similar sporting institution. This institution must participate in competitive sport;
- The sports club or institution must pay you an annual gross salary of at least €43,800 (as of 2023);
- The national governing body of the sport, in agreement with the German Olympic Sports Confederation, has confirmed your eligibility as a professional athlete or your competence as a coach.
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